Literature & Cultures


The Literature and Cultures minor enables students who are majoring in other disciplines to nonetheless develop strong skills in literary and cultural analysis, critical reading, and effective writing. Literary study asks questions of history and culture, of gender and minority thought and discourse, of intersections with other fields such as cognitive science, social science, and information science.

The UC Merced Minor in Literatures and Cultures seeks to ensure both that students understand the basic notion of cultural production and reception, and that they are, through a variety of courses, familiarized with the relationships between society and literature, between reading and thinking, and between self and societal forms of expression.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who major and minor in Literature and Cultures will be able participate in this larger conversation. More specifically, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Interpret texts with due sensitivity to both textual and contextual cues;
  2. Appreciate and evaluate the aesthetic qualities of texts and the cultures from which they are drawn;
  3. Take positions on the ethical questions raised by texts, and defend those positions;
  4. Apply to other contexts various interpretive strategies developed in literary study;
  5. Articulate, cogently and with sensitivity to context, in both speech and writing, her/his interpretations and evaluations.

Alumni Success

Student graduates from our program are currently engaging in graduate studies and careers. A few of these after-college endeavors are listed below.

Graduate School

Student graduates have not reported back to UC Merced on their graduate school studies. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations so we can share your success.


Student graduates from the Literatures & Cultures program are working in a variety of professional settings including school districts and local businesses.